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Dr Tasha Fairfield

Dr Tasha FairfieldAssistant Professor
Department of International Development


Tasha Fairfield’s research interests include taxation, business politics, democracy, inequality, and Latin American politics. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Before arriving at LSE, she was a Hewlett Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute.

Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays, and the International Center for Tax and Development (ICTD) at the University of Sussex Institute for Development Studies. She is currently a member of ICTD’s Resource Allocation Group. Dr Fairfield was also appointed Affiliate of the Department of Government| at LSE in 2015.

Recent publications:

Private Wealth and Public Revenue in Latin America: Business Power and Tax Politics.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015.   

“Top Income Shares, Business Profits, and Effective Tax Rates in Contemporary Chile: New Evidence from Tax Return Data,” with Michel Jorratt.  ICTD Working Paper 17 (Jan. 2014), Institute of Development Studies.  

"Going Where the Money Is: Strategies for Taxing Economic Elites in Unequal Democracies.”  World Development 47 (2013): 42-57.  Includes first appendix of its kind that explicitly illustrates how process-tracing tests are used to draw causal inferences in case study narratives.

“Business Power and Protest: Argentina’s 2008 Agricultural Producers’ Protest in Comparative Context.” Studies in Comparative International Development 46 (2011): 424-453.

“Business Power and Tax Reform.” Latin American Politics and Society 52 No. 2 (Summer 2010): 51-71. 

Contact details

Email: t.a.fairfield@lse.ac.uk|